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25 November 2010

A Time to Give Thanks

I’m sitting in the JetBlue terminal of the Ft. Lauderdale Airport. I was visiting home this week, which is always a nice chance to catch up with family members I only see a couple of times a year.

It also allowed me to break out of my routine, and reflect on this year. Without going into too much detail, 2010 has been one of the strangest, most difficult years of my life. I’m speaking emotionally and personally, because everything else has been fine, although there were points between January and April that I wasn’t even sure I wanted to live. I’d pretty much given up. The only reason I was still getting up and going to work in the morning was force of habit, and obligation.

To put it in “domainer” terms, 2010 was a pigeon-shit year. From severe depression to friendships I had to let go, it one whole year of hyphenated, .CC, .WS, and .BIZ pigeon poop (no offense to any .BIZ owners out there).

But this is not a “downer” post. Instead, I’m thankful. Around the middle of the summer is when I discovered domaining. I had some names I’d bought in 2007 and 2008, but I hadn’t taken the time to really research the field. Mid-summer, I dedicated my time to reading as much as I could about domains, and how to value them.

I’m someone who excels when I have something to focus on, so to some extent, I think domaining literally saved me. It gave me an outlet. I’m also thankful for the community of people I’ve met through Twitter, Namepros, and this blog. I’ve learned so much from each of you, and I’m happy to say I’ve made some friends along the way.

I’m grateful that my family is healthy and that I got to visit them.

I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given this year, and some day I’ll probably look back and be grateful for the things that didn’t work out, since they allowed other doors to open.

Thank you, as always, for reading and for your support, and I wish you and your families a happy Thanksgiving. Remember that despite life’s challenges, there’s always something we can be grateful for.

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DomainSushi's love affair with domain names and web development dates back to 1998, and she is passionate about educating the tech community, small business owners, and laymen about domain name strategy.

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